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18 08, 2014

Standard 1: Lessons & Assessments

Each month I will be highlighting the anchor standards for Dance, and today starts the first of an 11-part series that will breakdown and analyze each standard, and provide lesson seed, samples, and assessments.  Let’s take a look at the first anchor standard:  Standard_1


So, for anchor standard 1 we are focusing on the artistic process of creating and the component of exploring.  The enduring understanding is analyzing what sources of inspiration choreographers use to generate work. […]

15 08, 2014

Geometry and the Art of Piet Mondrian: Lesson Plan

Today, I’m sharing a 3rd grade math lesson using the art of Piet Mondrian to teach and practice geometric concepts of perimeter and area.  Visual art is a really natural place for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of geometric concepts. There are so many great lesson plans and resources out there for arts integration in geometry, and this lesson is focused on using the work of Piet Mondrian as a real-life access […]

10 07, 2014

Puzzling through Math: Arts Integration Lesson

Grade: 6  |  Content Standard: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2: Expressions and Equations  |  Arts Standard:  DA-Cr1-6b: Explore various methods of movement invention and problem-solving that transfer ideas into movement vocabulary. Discuss the effect of methods with others using dance vocabulary.

Today’s lesson uses the Puzzle Cube arts integration strategy that we introduced to you on Tuesday and embeds it within a 6th grade math lesson surrounding expressions using letters in substitution of numbers.  You can use the Puzzle Cube […]

2 05, 2014

Make A Magazine Cover To Teach For Understanding

How do you know that students “get it?” How do you know that they understand core concepts and can articulate them and express them in multiple ways? These were the questions I asked myself when designing a lesson for fourth graders at Manor View Elementary at Fort Meade, Maryland seeking to understand the Learner Profiles and Key Concepts from the PYP International Baccalaureate program. Drawing inspiration from the book Innovating for People by the […]

1 05, 2014

Character Shapes K-2 Arts Integration Lesson

Content Areas: Math and Theatre

Grade Level: K-2

We have a brand new Arts Integration lesson for you this week.  In celebration of my latest book, No Permission Required, we’re highlighting one of the 14 lesson plans and assessments that are in the book. In this K-2 lesson, we’re focused on teaching math through drama by creating characters out of 2-D and 3-D shapes.  Additionally, you’ll find an assessment rubric that you can use for the Geometric Shape […]

21 04, 2014

ARTISTIC Critique: a strategy for critiquing art

With Common Core on the rise, 21st century skills as a foundation, and the expectation that writing should be present across all disciplines, it is pertinent that we offer our students the opportunity to write within our arts classes.  Although all of us can prepare a multiude of writing explorations for our students, historical, kinesthetic, expository, informative etc., a quick and easy way to infuse writing into your curriculum is through reflective practice.

My […]

27 03, 2014

Starry Myth Lesson

Content Areas: Literacy and Visual Art

Grade Level: 2-3

Today’s lesson seed focuses on providing 2nd and 3rd grade students with a ways to understand and evaluate informational text through visual art and movement.  Informational text is often more challenging for students and teachers struggle with finding ways to keeping their students engaged when reading this type of work.  However, when paired with visual art pieces that can also be read and used to deepen student understanding of […]

25 02, 2014

Responding Syllables Arts Integration Lesson

Content Areas: Reading and Music

Grade Level: K-2

Today’s lesson seed focuses on providing kindergarten through second grade students with a ways to recognize and perform multi-syllabic words through music.  This is a challenging piece for students in these grade levels; students can easily perform the syllabic sounds but have difficulty in translating that into the correct amount of syllables.  By utilizing music and found sounds to break apart the syllables in these words, students have a […]

13 02, 2014

Stained Glass Shapes Arts Integration Lesson

Content Areas: Math and Visual Art

Grade Level: K-2

Today’s lesson seed focuses on providing kindergarten through second grade students with a hands-on opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of shapes and shape manipulation.  In this lesson, students use the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s stunning stained glass window designs to identify shapes and their various interpretations.  Additionally, students create their own stained glass window using their knowledge of shapes and two-dimension composition strategies.

This lesson uses the iNotice3 […]

23 01, 2014

Producing Beats STEAM Lesson

Content Areas: Engineering and Music

Grade Level: 9-12

Today’s lesson seed looks at the engineering design process through the eyes of music production and poetry.  While the standards being intentionally addressed here are from the Next Generation Science Standards and Music Content Standards, you could also easily extend this lesson and intentionally connect several Speaking and Listening English Language Arts Common Core Standards as well.

In this lesson, students are using observational skills to identify the differences […]

17 12, 2013

Informational Arts Lesson Seed


Content Areas: Reading, Visual Art and Music

Grade Level: 9-11

Cognitive Level: Analyzing and Synthesis

Today, we’re sharing a lesson seed that expands upon the idea that you can use a piece of art or composition as a piece of text.  In particular, by using art as informational text, we give students the opportunity to access informational text in a meaningful way that can act as an avenue into further exploration of this type of reading.  As […]

21 11, 2013

Moving from Lesson Seeds to Lesson Plans

We are proud to be able to offer you excellent lesson seeds here at EducationCloset that focus on authentic Arts Integration and STEAM concepts.  We have over 40 to choose from and the list keeps growing!  But one of the common questions I receive each week is about why we call these lesson seeds.


This terminology is used very intentionally.  The lesson seeds we share are one-page, quick reference ideas that are meant to be […]

12 11, 2013

Artful Diagnostics Science Lesson Seed

Grade: 8

Aligned Standards: Next Generation Science Standards and Visual Arts Standards

Cognitive Level: Analysis, Evaluation and Creation

Students need opportunities to explore, think deeply about the cause and effect of relationships on systems, and to build their own creativity.  That’s why today’s lesson seed is such a wonderful example of integration: we are truly using the arts to synthesize, analyze and create a representation of learning about systems’ interactions.  This is a wonderful way to include […]

31 10, 2013

Decoding daVinci: STEAM Lesson

Grades: 7-8

Aligned Standards: Next Generation Science Standards and Visual Arts Standards

Cognitive Level: Analysis, Evaluation and Creation

In this week’s Free Friday offering, we’re sharing a new STEAM lesson with you for middle school, specifically in grades 7-8.  We’ve recently be focusing on the powerful potential of using computer programming/coding in the classroom as a new way to communicate and create art.  In this week’s lesson seed, we’re sharing a unique way to showcase daVinci’s use […]

4 10, 2013

A Thriller of a Halloween Lesson

Fine Arts Standard: Music. Listen to and describe musical examples that represent styles and traditions from various historical periods and world cultures

Common Core Reading Standard: ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Grades: 2-3

We’re well into the swing of fall and one of my favorite seasons for music integration!  This month brings with it so many rich musical interpretations of Halloween and Harvest and this […]